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The Dandelion Liberation Front

Mar 24, 2009

One keeps coming back to the dictum attributed to GK Chesterton: “When a man ceases to believe in God, he does not believe in nothing. He believes in anything.” Europeans of course have taken this further than anyone else. The

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Fritzl and Evil

Mar 23, 2009

Very few people – at least Westerners – would be unaware of Josef Fritzl, the Austrian man just found guilty of kidnapping, rape, murder and a host of other atrocities committed against his own family. He is routinely called a

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A review of The Truth War. By John MacArthur.

Mar 19, 2009

Thomas Nelson, 2007. (Available in Australia at Koorong Books)

That the Bible puts a very high premium on truth is indisputable. But sadly, the church today has largely downplayed and abandoned truth, content to follow the spirit of the age.

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In Praise of Doctrine

Mar 7, 2009

In his newest book Christless Christianity, Michael Horton makes this intriguing claim: “Secularism cannot be blamed on the secularists, many of whom were raised in the church. We are the problem.” Just what does he mean by that? He

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Cults and Amazing Grace

Mar 4, 2009

I don’t know about other newspapers, but in the Melbourne Herald Sun there have been some quarter-page ads placed lately with the banner headline, “He was right!” So who is he and what was he right about?

The ‘he’ in

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Darwin and the Image of God

Mar 3, 2009

The Judeo-Christian worldview is unique among the religions and philosophies of the world in affirming that human beings are made in the image of God. It is the uniqueness of humans that sets these two religions apart from all others.

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On Sin and Hell (and C.S. Lewis)

Mar 1, 2009

No, I am not being a masochist here in writing on topics which are too theologically incorrect to even mention nowadays. There is in fact a method to my madness, so let me explain.

My last post was a book

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On Wild Fires and Other Tragedies

Feb 9, 2009

With Australia’s greatest fire tragedy still unfolding, (not to mention terrible flooding in the north of the country), all sorts of questions arise. Attempting to answer them may be the height of foolishness. What new or original insights can anyone

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On 1000 Articles

Feb 2, 2009

OK, another cryptic title. Some with a bit of knowledge of ecclesiastical history might be thinking of the 39 Articles (the 1562 Anglican statement of faith). No, that is not quite what I have in mind here. Actually, the title

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Out of the Mouth of Atheists

Jan 20, 2009

It always amazes me how God is able to get his message across. When God’s people are unable or unwilling to be accurate spokespersons for Him, then God is quite able to raise up other means by which his truth

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The Greatest Story Never Told

Dec 29, 2008

Another Christmas has come and gone, and for many people, at least in the West, there was not even the slightest connection made between the recent holiday and the birth of Jesus Christ. Food, family and festivities, along with a

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Scrooge, the Church, and Christmas

Dec 21, 2008

For some years now, each new Christmas season is greeted with further outrages and attacks. There are all the usual incidents: banning nativity scenes, refusing to sing Christmas carols, taking away any references to Christ in Christmas, etc. There have

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More Recommended Reading

Dec 18, 2008

As has been my occasional habit, I offer another list of recommended reading. The books mentioned here simply happen to be some of the volumes I am reading at the moment. The books cover various subjects, including theology, philosophy of

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Mars Hill and Common Ground

Dec 17, 2008

There is a very important biblical text concerning how Paul shared the Gospel with a non-Jewish (Greek) audience. It is of course the very well-known passage in Acts in which Paul gives his defence of the Gospel at the Areopagus

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Destroying the Foundations of the West

Dec 14, 2008

The Judeo-Christian worldview was essential for the rise of the West. Without it the world would be a radically different place today. Most of the features that we now enjoy about the West – such as freedom, democracy, limited government,

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